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Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, Open courses (a.o. MOOC)
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Opinion: Five myths about Moocs

Opinion: Five myths about Moocs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Diana Laurillard explains why a model based on unsupervised learning is not the answer
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The Merchants of MOOCs by James Grimmelmann :: SSRN

The Merchants of MOOCs by James Grimmelmann :: SSRN | Opening up education | Scoop.it
A loose network of educators, entrepreneurs, and investors are promoting Massive Open Online Courses as an innovation that will radicaly disrupt higher educatio
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"Do not confuse the success of a MOOC, or a MOOC company, with the success of the educational ecosystem around them. Indeed, in a world of open education, it is entirely possible that everyone will be educated even as no one makes any money at it. Profits are not the only sign of success; not every loss is a failure."

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2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond

2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond | Opening up education | Scoop.it
 Taking the long view Doug Saunders in the Globe and Mail on  January 4 wrote an interesting piece on prediction, entitled: “Gadgets alone don’t make the future.” Having shown how amazingly accurate technologists in 1961 were in predicting what...

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The Degree Is Doomed

The Degree Is Doomed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The traditional degree is increasingly irrelevant in a world with better tools for evaluating potential employees.
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I do agree with the rise of alternative paths to gain credit for competences and knowledge by employers, but "doomed" is too strong. Many learners (especially novices who we call "regular students") do need a structured learning path to gain knowledge and expertise because they lack the overview over a field of knowledge to judge which knowledge and competencies are relevant and which not.

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The Initial State of Students Taking an Introductory Physics MOOC

The Initial State of Students Taking an Introductory Physics MOOC | Opening up education | Scoop.it
As part of a larger research project into massively open online courses (MOOCs), we have investigated student background, as well as student participation in a physics MOOC with a laboratory component.

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timokos's curator insight, January 10, 2014 1:48 PM

Missed this one earlier. Great experiment!

verstelle's curator insight, January 12, 2014 6:09 AM

Instructors' reflections on required number of hours per week for laboratory work and the fact that only a small percentage of paticipants can/do spend this required number of hours.

 

"Similar to the on-campus offering,we estimated students should spend roughly 11–14 hoursper week on the course. However, less than one-fifth of students (17%) initially expected to spend more than nine hours working with course material. This expectation is more in-line with the average weekly time commitment (6.6 hours/week) recommended by physics instructors of currently offered Coursera physics courses. Only one out of 20 of the currently offered physics courses (notincluding YWYL) recommends spending more than 10hours per week on their course. It is also likely thatthe heavy emphasis on laboratory activities in YWYL has driven many students from the course, such that lowering the grade impact of the laboratories in future offerings might lead to lower attenuation and broader participation.

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A MOOC BA? No Way!

A MOOC BA? No Way! | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The reason a One Year MOOC BA could work while a One Year residential BA would not is because -- on average -- MOOC classes make fewer demands on students than do their residential equivalents.
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Beyond the MOOC Hype -- Campus Technology

Beyond the MOOC Hype -- Campus Technology | Opening up education | Scoop.it
What new tech trends will knock massive open online courses out of the spotlight this year?
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Adaptive learning is in their opinion the hottest trend in 2014.

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verstelle's curator insight, January 13, 2014 2:32 AM

Beyond the MOOC hype is: Adapted Learning.  

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Massive Open Online Research: The MOOC Evolves into the MOOR

Massive Open Online Research: The MOOC Evolves into the MOOR | Opening up education | Scoop.it
By Adding a Strong Research Element, MOOCs can Deliver Greater Learning Value to the Students who Participate in Them. Anyone who follows education technology

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After two years of MOOC mania, enthusiasm for online education dips | Inside Higher Ed

After two years of MOOC mania, enthusiasm for online education dips | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Study finds that countries that fund freely and regulate loosely have best higher ed | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds that countries that fund freely and regulate loosely have best higher ed | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Ruminations on Research on Open Educational Resources | Hewlett Foundation

"This paper explores nine areas of research on OER from policy to development to its relative effectiveness and whether it stimulates innovation. Although existing research is considered, greater attention is given to the possibilities for new research in these areas."

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A research agenda for OER from Marshall Smith, the visionary thinker behind the OER program of the Hewlett Foundation. He distinguishes four areas where research is most needed:

- Policy: "examine the positive and negative factors in the political environment that influence whether or not governments at various levels will create progressive OER policy." and "examine the characteristics and effectiveness of the variety of educational policies that constrain or enable the use of OER that currently exist in different countries and local jurisdictions"


- Access and Use: "Adding Value by Increasing Access and Going to Scale"


- Effectiveness: "How does OER improve efficiency and learning?"


- Innovation—Investigations into New Ideas and Positive Disruption.


Can serve as a starting point to define a national research agenda for the Netherlands, thereby contributing to a global knowledge base on OER.

 

 

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Anant Agarwal predicts the campus of the future [CES 2014]

Anant Agarwal predicts the campus of the future [CES 2014] | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The edX president said MOOCs aren't the end of the physical campus, but they can make it more effective.
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Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
An email notification of a forthcoming conference at the University of Central Lancashire (uclan) - Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: changing lives and transforming communities (28th Apri...
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Will MOOCs 'de-professionalize' higher education? - eCampus News

Will MOOCs 'de-professionalize' higher education? - eCampus News | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The proliferation of MOOCs isn't just a potential nightmare scenario for professors, but for college students who value educators' expertise.
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The Degree Is Doomed

The Degree Is Doomed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The traditional degree is increasingly irrelevant in a world with better tools for evaluating potential employees.
Robert Schuwer's insight:

I do agree with the rise of alternative paths to gain credit for competences and knowledge by employers, but "doomed" is too strong. Many learners (especially novices who we call "regular students") do need a structured learning path to gain knowledge and expertise because they lack the overview over a field of knowledge to judge which knowledge and competencies are relevant and which not.

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'More' Not 'Or': Fear And Loathing The World Of MOOCs

'More' Not 'Or': Fear And Loathing The World Of MOOCs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
I recently completed teaching the second session of my Foundations of Business Strategy massively open online course (MOOC) through the Coursera platform and I continue to be amazed by the reach and impact of MOOCs.

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verstelle's curator insight, January 12, 2014 5:29 AM

"Many criticize MOOCs as much for what they are not as for what they are. "

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Could 2014 Be the Year of the Corporate MOOC?

Could 2014 Be the Year of the Corporate MOOC? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Could 2014 be the year of the Corporate #MOOC? #education #eLearning
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Two (Optimistic) Predictions for Learning in 2014

Two (Optimistic) Predictions for Learning in 2014 | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The beginning of a new year always prompts list-making -- resolutions, what went right last year, what can be done better in the next. How will 2013's trends shape the year ahead?
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Curricu.me : build your own curriculum

Curricu.me : build your own curriculum | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Use MOOCs to build a custom curriculum and share with your employees, students and friends.

-Search

-Build

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http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, January 11, 2014 4:44 AM

Start your own university!